Song Spotlight: Shade Man’s Theme

Yeah that’s right, a Mega Man song for one of my October Spotlights. Mega Man 7, despite the criticism it gets from the fans of the 8-bit Mega Man games, was one of my favorite games for a long time and out of all the levels found within, I don’t think any appealed to me more than Shade Man’s. I remember when I finally beat the first four Robot Masters in the game, it came as a surprise to me to see there were four new ones, and at the time I thought they were all immeasurably cooler than the first ones. I might have liked Slash Man better at the time, but as a fully-grown lover of the creepy, I now understand how misguided that was.

So in order to make up for that youthful transgression, I’m going to write a short post about his stage theme, one of the neater songs for me in my Super Nintendo days. Check it out here or keep reading for the embed.

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So About Resident Evil 6…

Did another new video on Strange Talk! This one’s about Resident Evil 6. I did a bunch of articles before the game came out, covering my thoughts on the modern games and going over my favorite monsters of the series, but I haven’t posted anything about my thoughts on the game itself until now. My current experience with the game only comes from the demo, but considering the demo came out shortly before the game, I think it’s pretty much up to date. You can watch the video here or continue reading for the embed. Continue reading

Playing As Monsters In Games

I’ve made no secret of my immense love for monsters in general, having dedicated the tail end of October to featuring some of my favorites. Yesterday I featured the doppelganger from Dungeons & Dragons, and he ties into what I want to write about here.

A more accurate title might be “Why can’t we play as monsters in games?”. Sometimes you’re given the optional of playing as some kind of non-human cartoon character — like Yoshi, or Spyro, or Kirby — but typically these are cutesy. The rest of the time you’re just playing as a human. It’s exceedingly rare to play as or have control of a truly inhuman, monstrous character. I think that’s really unfortunate.

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